Rockets vs. Clippers: Free NBA Picks and Predictions
It is a star-studded matchup (if everybody plays) along with the marquee matchup in the NBA on Friday night as Houston visits the Los Angeles Clippers in a nationally televised event.
Houston Rockets (11-4) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (10-5)
Friday, November 22 at 10:30 PM ET (ESPN), STAPLES Center
Free NBA Pick: Clippers -5 (-110) at SportsBetting
ESPN has an NBA doubleheader on Friday. My SBR cohort Jordan Sharp will have a preview of the first game including the Spurs at 76ers. There is only one game leaning off Friday following 9 p.m. ET plus it is this terrific matchup between the Rockets and also Clippers from L.A.
Of course, the Clippers trading for Paul George out of Oklahoma City this summer is also what forced Thunder GM Sam Presti’s hands at sending Russell Westbrook into Houston. This is going to be the first time this season that Westbrook will go up against George and, if everybody playswith, the first time Westbrook along with James Harden will battle L.A.’s Dynamic Duo of George and Kawhi Leonard. If he might find off, with Leonard you can’t know.
These teams met Nov. 13 in Houston, but George had not left his season debut yet off shoulder operation. The Rockets won 102-93 in Harden supporting 47 points. Westbrook had 2 assists and only two points and fought in hitting 6-for-20 in the area. Clint Capela needed 12 points and 20 rebounds.
Leonard had 26 to lead the Clippers but no starter had over nine. Lou Williams had 20 off the bench but fellow stud reserve Montrezl Harrell four. You might recall Rockets guard Austin, also his son, was having some fun with this along with softball trainer Doc Rivers got ejected.
Houston has won four of their past six in the show overall but fell three of the past five in L.A.